Oshana rounds up preparations for Newspaper Cup

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2016 The Namibian Newspaper Cup winners Oshana Region are hard at work with preparations for the 2018 Edition at Katima Mulilo as they seek to replicate their 2016 form and claim glory at the 18th edition of the annual under-20 championships set for 30 March 02 April.

Oshana will be looking forward for cup glory number three, but will have to overcome Hardap and Oshikoto in Group C at the first round stage. Goals from Andreas Keenjele and Immanuel Kalla helped Oshana defeat Khomas 2-0 and clinch The Namibian Newspaper Cup title in 2016 at Rundu.

The Region’s U/20 coach, Samuel Bongo Shaama confirms that the region has finished with trials, with a provisional team list already in place and adds says they will not undermine any region, but will rather work towards defeating them.

“We have had an encounter with Hardap Region during the 2017 Scorpion Zinc Cup, where we beat them 1-0 at the Sam Nujoma stadium. It was a tough game because they have great attack” Shaama reminisce before adding that, they have not yet faced their north rival Oshikoto yet at youth level.

“Judging from our play last year, it was evident we lacked tactics, an area we intends to pay much attention to this year. We have to combine tactics and experience from the young boys who graduated from the U/17s with that of the seniors who already played in the Newspaper Cup last year and try to go all the way in Katima Mulilo”, Shaama states.

The Regional team will play a friendly game against the Oshana 11, a Second Division team, on Saturday 10 March to test their readiness.

Including the netball teams, the other groups are as follows:

Group A: Kunene, khomas, Otjozondjupa, Kavango West
Group B: Zambezi, Erongo, Omaheke, Omusati
Group D: Ohangwena, Kavango East, //karas